Improving the Home Network

Today after a couple weeks of frustrating network hiccups (probably due to wi-fi congestion) I opted to change up the network at home.

I picked up an Airport Extreme to be the primary wi-fi router for the house, and turned off the Bell supplied wi-fi.

Wow, what a difference!

It immediately fixed our ability to stream videos from the home NAS to the TV, and gave me enough hookups to connect up my Linux boxes to the network.  It should help with all the video conference calls I’m on.

Routers are a piece of equipment that is easy to overlook but perhaps one of the best investments you can make for reliable and stable internet connections.  All your traffic goes through this single point of congestion and so upgrading a router will benefit all of your devices.  Especially these days where the 2.4Ghz radio band is polluted with so much noise. A good router can handle it with better antennas and ideally support the 5Ghz range where there isn’t as much activity.